Negation

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“The Temptation of Christ”, Ary Scheffer

In the last times, humanity has reached the times of negation, those times of virulent spiritual crisis when in a final confrontation with the forces of darkness, Truth is denied: In an effort to liberate the human individual from moral constraints, humanity operates a denial of God, of man, of religion, of reason, and of truth.

At the beginning of time, there was order and harmony. The angels were created in Heaven on the first day of Creation in the presence of God. In order to merit the beatific vision of the divine Essence, the angelic choirs were put to a test. Lucifer, the most beautiful of the angels, who wanted to be as God, uttered his “non serviam” and seduced a third of the angelic hosts to rebel against God. He was defeated and cast out with his cohorts from Heaven to the realm below the Earth: and hell was created. The emergence of primeval evil is the cause of the Original Sin. The sin of the First Parents of humanity occurred at the spurring of the Serpent, Lucifer, now become Satan, who led Adam and Eve to eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and of evil. This act, introduced disorder, chaos, enmity, and struggle into the visible Creation. To the Fall of the First Parents and their demotion out of Eden, was joined the Proto-Gospel, the announce of the arrival of a Savior, of the seed of the Woman, who would restore primitive order.

At the proper moment in time and of salvation history, the Redeemer arrived. He taught with Wisdom, suffered and died in Charity, and operated miracles with Power: a Trinitarian operation that realized the Redemption of the human species. He died on the Cross and three days afterwards He arose again, and later ascended to Heaven in front of the assembly of the Church, forty days following His Resurrection. Christ founded the Church, the Catholic Church erected on the faith of the Apostle Peter. Years after Christ’s Ascension to Heaven, St. Peter and St. Paul would place the Head of the Catholic Church in Rome, as the continuator of the mission of the Christian proclamation. The Church, the mystery of the Eternal City of God, the Heavenly Jerusalem, is tasked with the spreading of the gospel and the establishment of the Kingdom of God on the Earth.

Throughout the centuries, this Divine Church has experienced conflict with the spirit of the world, and with the Evil One. During the first three centuries since its inception, Christianity suffered persecution from the Roman Empire due to its refusal of the cult of the emperor and was relegated to the conditions of clandestinity and martyrdom. The testimony of the Fathers was speech and the blood of the martyrs proved the cement of the Church’s heroic foundations. Following an edict, the Empire adopted the Christian religion as its official cult, and upon the Fall of Rome the Catholic Church became the center of the pagan civilization and the bond that would unite society. Over the centuries, Europe and of Northern Africa, converted to Catholicism. A Christian commonwealth was created that transcended national boundaries and united divergent kingdoms and nations under the direction of the Pope of Rome. But the struggle between the Church and the spiritus mundi remained. Kingdoms were constantly at war with one another in struggle for power, the Catholic Church suffered periods of eclipse and Christianity found itself in schism at the turn of the millennium as well as experienced times of anti-Christianity with the anti-popes and the loss of religious fervor.

At the beginning of the third millennium, Christianity as a religion finds itself in a state of uncertainty. The nations of Europe have in their democratic political constitutions rejected their Christian heritage, particularly in the Constitution of the European Union. Religion has been separated from public life, which has become secularized and the practice of religion has decreased among the people. In the American Republic, the Christian religion endures, however, it has mutated towards the regularization and the acceptation of non-denominationalism, a symptom of the nonfaith that is characteristic of Christianity in current times. Here, Catholicism is undergoing a crisis of faith that is causing believers to leave the Church towards other pastures. In Africa, Christianity is experiencing growth, and vibrant dynamism. In Asia, and the Middle East, it appears that persecution is surfacing depending on the regions and on the nations. In sum, Christianity, and Roman Catholicism in particular, are receding from the life of the everyday fellow; it is moving along the tangent of religion that is losing its relevance in public life and in the moral orientation and the spiritual practice of the human persons.

The current post-modern period, is a period of apostasy. Apostasy of the Catholic faith and rebellion to the Magisterium of Rome, has arrived at Negation itself: a negation of Truth, of God, of religion, of reason, and of man.

The post-modern man has realized an emancipation of belief, thought, and practice from religion itself. Religion no longer constitutes the center of society and has been relegated to a vestige of the past as it has been replaced by activities, or idols, that move man apart from Divine influence and Divine faith, hope, and love. The movement of revolt against authority has become the character of the current times with the associated and subconscious understanding that only by elevating the self above all canons and systems of morality and authority, is it possible for the human being to realize the innate potential of his humanity and achieve real evolution and progress. In reality, the post-modern times are nihilistic for they lead to the denial and the destruction of moral, ethical, and social values. The Negation that forms the atmosphere of current times is a spirit that denies primarily the Truth of the Christian religion, that:

“Many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh; such is the deceitful one and the antichrist.” – 2 John 1:7

Negation, which is the fulfillment of the modern rebellion and Apostasy, is the denial of the Divinity of Christ and of the historical reality of the Incarnation of the Eternal Word of God, the Son of God. This spiritual position and intellectual orientation is anti-Christian and is evident in the denial and the rejection of the supernatural; a condition that is particularly certain in the doubt that is directed at the Catholic truth of the Real substantial Presence of Christ in the holy Eucharist. The spiritus mundi that has corrupted even the Catholic faithful, is a spirit that asserts the impossibility of the supernatural and the irrationality of belief in a loving, Creator God. A negating spirit that affirms the superiority of natural science over Divine Science, which is set aside as mere fable. Negation, the denial of the Truth that is the Incarnation of Christ and of Christ Himself, attains at the foundations of the Catholic religion, which is the holy Eucharist, and leads to the doubt and to the denial of the belief in God’s own existence. A denial of God that is the symptom of human pride and of the human inability to accept with humility the mystery of the Divinity.In contemporaneous times, the virtue of religion is also denied. Religion is now commonly accepted as a choice, an interest, and an activity rather than as a necessity in the life of the human person. This is a result of a faulty anthropological understanding that comprehends the human being as simply an animal evolved from the apes through conflict, struggle, and chance. The death of the virtue of religion is related to the loss of an authentic spirituality rooted in orthodox religious belief that would give existence meaning and provide it with its objective frame of reference. The post-modern man in reality, is unprincipled and behaves towards religion as a mere consumer or rather, as a god who elects according to his whim and preference his own God. Holiness of life, the end of religious practice and the point of entry into Heaven, is seldom proclaimed as the ordinary path of the Catholic Christian’s pilgrimage towards his eternal Home.

Negation is a negation of man. The center of the negative anthropology is Darwinian evolutionary biology which asserts that all life of Earth proceeds from a common ancestor that formed over eons spontaneously. Furthermore, evolution posits that man is related biologically, genetically, and behaviorally to the apes and that he descends evolutionarily from them. Evolution symbolizes the spirit of Negation, which in an effort to elevate man as his own god, above the Divinity, asserts the falsity of the Divine act of special creation in which God formed man from the mud of the earth and blew and infused into him, the breath of life, making man a living being, a living creature and a rational person. Evolution, in truth, results in the serious and the severe denial of the existence of the soul in the human person, which is a principle of life of Divine origin that constitutes the source and the cause of his dignity and eminent worth. In its essence, evolution cancels not only the Incarnation for it denies the possibility of the existence of the soul in man, but also the reality of the Redemption, realized for the reparation of the Honor of God and the salvation of human souls at the price of the Blood of God, of Christ, the God who is also Man. Man disappears behind a reductionist science, that is unable to raise its rational gaze and conclusions behind the tabernacle of the flesh and the blood, towards the reality of the soul, the foundation of the rational and sentient life in man. In regard to reductionism, human cloning, and artificial insemination are severe attacks against the dignity of man, for they reduce his humanity to a biological reality that is susceptible to experimental manipulation with a certain nihilistic temptation.

The spirit of Negation that is influencing the earth also operates a denial of reason, both human and Divine. First, it operates a denial of Divine reason because it denies the supernatural origin of the Divine Law encapsulated in the Ten Commandments and in the two Christian commandments of Love:

“He said to him,

* “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.38This is the greatest and the first commandment.39k The second is like it:* You shall love your neighbor as yourself.40* l The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.” – Matthew 22:37-40

Human reason is also denied as human law is deprived of the guidance and of the wisdom of the natural law. Specially, the acceptation of immoral behavior and more particularly, the legalization of homosexuality are symptoms of the spirit of behavior. In reality, the homosexuality act implies a rejection of man and of reason, for it erases the image of God in man by diverting sexuality from the complementarity between the two genders and by promoting a contraceptive mentality that opposes the natural and the fruitful formation of human life. Even further, homosexuality erases in the human being the very memory of God by operating a subversion of the sexual orientation and by directing the human act in fundamental opposition towards the natural law. Marriage, indeed, is a natural and a Divine reality that cannot be modified by the coercive powers of the political State.

The spirit of Negation, in its essence, is the spirit of Antichrist. It seeks to “change the times and the laws” (Daniel 7:25) by rejecting the law of God, which is a law of Love and of Charity, of Truth and of Wisdom, of Virtue and of Power. The spirit of Negation attempts to destroy Christianity, the Catholic religion and sow within the human hearts the seeds of an Antichristian faith that denies the Divinity, celebrates the apparent primacy of matter over the spirit, and puts into doubt the ability of the human reason within the soul to arrive at objective existential truths.

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